By Gifty Arthur
The Apostles Revelation Society (ARS), founded some 75 years ago, has launched a year-long Diamond Jubilee celebration at a ceremony at the National Theatre, in Accra.
The church founded by the late Mawu Fe Ame C. K. N. Wovenu on November 2, 1939 in the Volta Region, with just a few children at New Tadzewu, a small farming community near the catchment areas such as, Abor, Akasti and Dzodze, was officially registered in June 9 1967.
At the initial stage of its establishment, ARS had it attention on building educational institutions throughout the country, but it can now proudly boast of having established 60 educational institutions for various disciples.
It also founded six townships namely; Zion Awudome, Dededo, Kwamikrom Canaan, Otwetiri, Agou Agbetikor and Sanyi Fiave all in the Volta Region, where the founder hails from and provided them with all the social amenities needed for comfortable social life.
From a humble beginning with just a branch, ARS has grown spreading it wings to 738 branches located all over the world with 588 branches in Ghana and 150 abroad.
The Church can be found in Togo, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, France, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, USA and many other countries with clergy strength of 1,500.
Sharing in the Churches joy, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, congratulated them for having come this far and the many contributions society has benefitted from, especially in the protection of children, women and the vulnerable in society
The human right lawyer, who was very impressed with the simplicity with which members conduct and worship God said, it makes other none members like her feel like one of them.
She was amazed at the steadfastness, unity and deep faith members of ARS exhibit and urged them to continue by doing even more to support society. She tasked members that “as the Church grows, you must not forget the responsibility at”, the society is now being overwhelmed with unacceptable behaviours.
She was disturbed about the many social vises amongst the youth and charged the Church and the youth in particular to value good name than riches. “The Church must value name and not riches. The Church must be a safe place for the vulnerable and marginalized”, noting that ARS has adopted those as it
core social responsibility.
A Senior Pastor at the Calvary Baptist and ex-General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe, challenged members to value unity to keep the Church going to benefit mankind.
He noted that “when a church is strong, it is always full of vision and planning, and it is always working out a strategy to carry forth the gospel. A strong church launches ministry after ministry and program after program”.
Rev. Deegbe outlined seven traits that hold the Church together; focusing on Christ, consolation, love, fellowship in Christ, compassion, concern for one another, humility and controlling self-interest.
Major activities of the celebration, will be held next year and it is themed “ARS at 75: matching and building on the legacies in unity with faith and reverence”